Sullivan, Blinken Deny Report of Giving 'Kill List' to Taliban

Posted: Aug 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Sullivan, Blinken Deny Report of Giving 'Kill List' to Taliban

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National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan denied reports that the Biden administration handed over a list of U.S. citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies who are stuck in Afghanistan to the Taliban. One defense official quoted in Politico’s story referred to the situation as a “kill list” for Afghans:

“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” said one defense official, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.” (Politico)

Sullivan said that the report was untrue.

“We’ve given no list of all of the American SIV holders to the Taliban or any kind of big list,” Sullivan told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also denied the report of a "kill list," but conceded that specific names were shared with the Taliban in order to bring individuals to the Kabul airport.

Tuesday marks the deadline to fully withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, and a growing number of lawmakers are not confident in the president's ability to get all Americans out.

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